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Office of the Provost

Carla D. SandersonA Welcome from the Provost
Carla Sanderson

The heartbeat of Union University is student learning. The mission of this University is to provide a Christ-centered education that promotes excellence and character development in service to Church and society. Student learning is broad and multifaceted; we sometimes say it is both curricular and co-curricular, traditional and non-traditional, graduate and undergraduate. Union University is a comprehensive University with much learning activity. Yet, there is a centrality to it all. Union University recognizes that student learning is best done in relationship, a dynamic relationship between student and teacher. When we say we provide Christ-centered education we mean that we strive toward an understanding of the truth that all knowledge is held together in the person of Jesus Christ. And we also mean that we do this in the context of relationships where members of the Union University student body, faculty, staff and administration seek to live unified in Christian community. READ MORE

The teaching role is primarily a function of the faculty but is well supported by a surrounding team of men and women who are contributing to student learning in a myriad of ways. Under a concept we call Learning Community, student learning is taking place in classrooms, laboratories, community agencies in Jackson and around the world, clinical settings, and mission fields. Learning is taking place as well on athletic and intramural fields, in residence life apartments, in coffee shops, and in the chapel. There is not a place on campus that is NOT considered a classroom.

The Office of the Provost is a hub, a center of activity designed to enhance student learning. Much of that activity is done at the hands of a faculty team working together across disciplines, exploring what it means to articulate and advance a distinctively Christian education as a comprehensive, liberal arts based institution of higher education.

In the pages of this website I present to you the Union University faculty. Leading the way with widely recognized scholarship in theology and worldview development is the University's 15th president, both an outstanding academician and a highly sought after leader in Christian higher education and denominational life, David S. Dockery. You will read about the work of faculty through roles in teaching and service, and particularly about the advancement of knowledge in many traditional disciplines through noteworthy faculty scholarship, published and presented widely. You will read about the University's Centers, highly co-curricular in nature, where faculty and students are promoting ideals and intellectual discipleship, all for the purpose of equipping us all to engage today's most pressing issues. You will see the faculty's work with students through the endeavors of undergraduate research and intercultural study at home and abroad.

The faculty of Union University is privileged to take its place among colleagues from other very fine institutions as together we strive to educate future generations of responsible, intellectual, and moral individuals ready to take up the cause of Christ for future generations. Thank you for taking the time to explore the team of faculty at Union University who is accomplishing much toward that end.

Faculty scholarship is highlighted in the website's regular "Faculty Spotlight" segment; faculty receiving awards/recognitions are noted in the "Faculty Newsmakers" column.

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Faculty Spotlight

Ann Singleton
Associate Dean of Education and Professor of Special Education

  • invited presenter, "Strategic Planning and Assessment," at the Council of Christian Colleges and Universities Faith-filled Leadership Department Chair Institute, Gordon College
  • presenter, "Communicating a Christian Worldview to Students in the Academy," at the CCCU Campus-Based Faculty Development Workshop, Abilene, TX
  • co-presenter at the International Society for the Exploration of Teaching and Learning (Philadelphia, PA; Las Vegas, NV; Palm Springs, CA; Cocoa Beach, Florida), the National Teaching Professor Conference (Washington D.C., Atlanta, GA; Nashville, TN; Philadelphia, PA), the Academic Chair's Conference (Orlando, FL), the Association of Independent Liberal Arts Colleges for Teacher Education (San Diego, CA), and the Lilly Conference (Miami University, Ohio)
  • presenter at more than 25 state or local conferences and workshops
  • co-author of Teaching Mathematics to all Children, 2002, with Benny Tucker and Terry Weaver

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Faculty Newsmakers

Bobby Rogers
Professor of English

The Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize from the University of Pittsburgh Press is considered one of the top 10 prizes in American poetry. Professor of English Bobby C. Rogers has been a finalist for this prestigious award a number of times, but learned in 2009 that he was named the winner for his work tentatively entitled "Paper Anniversary"

The award includes not only recognition, but also publication of Rogers' work. It is the culmination of several years of waiting for the best publication opportunity. Rogers began his quest for this result during a faculty research leave in 2005.

Rogers also has been highly successful in the classroom. His creative writing students have been accepted for graduate study in prestigious Master of Fine Arts programs such as New York University, Boston University, University of Virginia and Ohio State University.

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Contact Information
  • The Office of the Provost is located in the Penick Academic Complex.
  • Provost:
    Carla Sanderson
    csanders@uu.edu
    731-661-5355
  • Associate Provost for International & Intercultural Studies:
    Cindy Jayne
    cjayne@uu.edu
    731-661-5358
  • Project Coordinator:
    Suzanne Barham
    sbarham@uu.edu
    731-661-5378
  • Program Coordinator:
    Aura Opris
    aopris@uu.edu
    731-661-5057